Future for Food with
Amy Youngs, Ken Rinaldo, Anna Paltseva, Daniel Lammel,
Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
June 2020, 4-6 pm CET / 10-12 am EDT
we break away from current agricultural practices which are intimately
connected to desertification, water and soil pollution, antibiotic
resistance, climate change and social and economic inequalities?
In a two-hour discussion we are interested in considering a sustainable,
multispecies perspective to farming, which could start in the soil
and progress through thinking about the multiple ways we can consider
food. Aquaponics, vertical farming, worms, soldier flies, and permaculture
offer real solutions, where food is grown while respecting living
beings, and the intertwined ecologies that support them.
food can be grown in urban or rural communities, though the
soil is critical. How can we learn and care about living beings
we cannot quickly know or see? What is care like in practice? We
are also interested in exploring the concept of "citizen eco-artist"
as so much of what we do resides in the spaces between actual science,
sustainable practice and speculative fiction.
international talk with be livestreamed on youtube and this webpage
and questions can be sent in comments via youtube, facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Rinaldo & Amy Youngs, Farm Fountain, 2009; center:
Amy Youngs, Building a Rainbow, 2011; right: Ken Rinaldo,
Cascading Garden, 2014
Youngs is an Associate Professor in art and technology at Ohio
State University. She uses electronics, kinetics, insects, plants
and pixels to create artwork about the changing relationships between
technology, nature and self. Her work has been exhibited nationally
and internationally and her essays about art and biology have been
published in Leonardo and Nouvel Objet.
Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations
developing hybrid ecologies with humans, algorithms, plants, animals,
and bacterial cultures. His art/science practice serves as a platform
for hacking complex social, biological, and machine symbionts. Inventing
and constructing interfaces for animals and plants, allows illuminating
and amplifying the underlying beauty, and intertwined symbiosis
existent in natural living systems. Rinaldo is author of Interactive
Electronics for Artists and Inventors, and is a Professor of Art
and Technology at The Ohio State University.
Anna Paltseva holds a Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental
Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center and Research and Program Coordinator
at the NYC Urban Soils Institute. She focuses on the assessment
of heavy metals bioavailability in urban soils. Anna Paltseva is
a lecturer at CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University,
and the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Anna develops educational
materials, leads soil workshops and coordinates collaborations with
international researchers for the NYC Urban Soils Institute.
Lammel is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Biology
(Ecology of Plants), Free University Berlin. His areas of research
is soil ecology and mycorrizal symbiosis as well as Soil Fertility,
Plant Nutrition, Agricultural Science and Ecosystem Ecology. Originally
from Brazil, he studied at the university of São Paulo, before
competing his Ph.D. at Univ. of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Rapp is an art historian, curator and co-director of Art Laboratory
Berlin. Her current research interests include Installation art,
artist books, hybrid art, art & science collaborations. She
researches, curates and publishes on 21st century art at the interface
of science and technology. She has taught art history at the Burg
Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and is currently a researcher
at the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnolgy, Dept. for Applied and
de Lutz is a curator, co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory
Berlin, where he has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the
series Time and Technology, Synaesthesia, [macro]biologies &
[micro]biologies, and Nonhuman Subjectivities. His curatorial work
focuses on the interface of art, science and technology in the 21st
century, with special attention given to BioArt, DIY Science initiatives
and facilitating collaborations between artists and scientists.